Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cousins of the Dove by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine's, is fascinated by the document that's been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look—and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she's forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

 Virginia, 1704

Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman—until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to realize that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World?

Virginia, present day

Madeline "Maddee" Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister, Nicole, following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole—and the shadowy figure watching them from afar.

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot's life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she's finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family's legacy, she must risk all that she's gained—her fresh start, her family's trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

My Thoughts:  It's so exciting to receive a whole set/a trilogy in the mail.  I love to read the first book and then to have the next two that come after is so nice.  No waiting to see what happens!
Cousins of the Dove is an exciting trilogy that begins in France.
Each of the books goes back and forth from the "old" day to the present day.  this gives the reader a glimpse at what has happened and what takes place in the present day.
From the Huguenots, the Colonists, and the American Civil War AND then a suspenseful present day fiction that goes right along with what happened in the past.  
Such an ingenious stories.  
Two great authors bring out the best in a reader: fear, anger for misguided people, helping the lesser, confusion and love.  
Such a trilogy should not be missed. . . you'll learn more and be fascinated by what is happening in fictional people's lives.  Oh, I'm sorry did I say fictional people?  I meant fascinating people.  The characters in the books seem so real and could/might have been one's neighbors. 
What a grand trilogy!

*These  books were provided for review by Harvest House*

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